Ford Motor Co. recently started producing a new line of small pickup trucks rumored to be the long-awaited Maverick model, according to a report from CNBC.
“The new truck was disclosed to investors Wednesday in the automaker’s monthly production data as a “C-Pick Up” that’s being produced at its Hermosillo plant,” CNBC’s Michael Wayland reports. “Only 21 vehicles were assembled in February, likely indicating early prototype models for testing.”
The project remains hush-hush. “A spokesman for Ford declined to comment beyond what the company disclosed in its monthly production report,” Wayland said.
“C-Pick Up” likely refers to the compact Maverick model, photos of which have occasionally been leaked on the internet in recent months.
The trucks are being produced at a plant in Mexico, alongside the new Ford Bronco Sport SUVs. The company ramped up production of those vehicles from a handful to 8,000 over the course of nine months, which could mean that Mavericks are ready to hit the road en masse by the end of the year.
Defective Ford Vehicles: Know Your Rights as an Owner or Lessor
News of the new pickups comes as Ford and other major auto manufacturers continue to have a hard time putting cars on the road that are safe to drive.
The company recently announced that it is recalling some 1,800 new Bronco Sport SUVs because of a pair of defects. That includes a suspension problem that the company said puts the vehicles at an increased risk of rolling over.
Ford is not alone: The world’s major carmakers recall millions of vehicles each year because of a wide range of defects that pose serious safety hazards.
The good news for car owners and lessors in California is that you have some valuable rights and protections under the state’s lemon law.
The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires car manufacturers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. The law also obligates the company to buy back - or replace, in some cases - vehicles that it is unwilling or not able to fix.
Manufacturers are also required to pick up the tab for any legal fees that a car owner or lessor incurs enforcing his or her rights under the law.
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